The pandemic has brought our relationship with the environment into sharp relief. How will the pandemic change our relationship to the environment going forward? Will we have a greater appreciation of nature and work to protect it? Will we return to the lessons of our ancestors who had a stronger tie with the land? Have we learned how interconnected we are to nature?
"The idea that the animal was the culprit of the pandemic helped to mark our superiority over other species, once more. We never thought about our relationship with the animal, the lack of harmony between different species, our footprint in nature, etc."
"The mask trash series seeks to highlight the increase in pandemic-related trash, and give space to a facet of history we often wish we could ignore: the waste we either intentionally or inadvertently discard."
"We depend heavily on the earth, however, we sometimes forget to take care of our planet.”
Gardening and Growing Food: Gardening and growing food activites have blossomed during the pandemic. Will this trend towards connecting on a regular basis with nature and being self-sufficient for foodstuffs be a positive legacy of the pandemic times? Will sharing food from our garden with our neighbors strengthen our community ties?
"We now know that we can swap seeds, share knowledge, and nurture our capacity to grow food. We can strengthen our social bonds, support mutual aid, and work to divert some of the 80 million pounds of food that are wasted, ensuring no one goes to bed hungry."
"A growing body of research, including research by Conservation International scientists, points to a direct link between the destruction of nature and disease outbreaks—spotlighting the role of protecting and restoring nature in preventing future pandemics."